Congregational Meeting Dec. 7th

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SOV Family,

We will gather after 11am church to discuss and vote on the 2009 General Operating Budget.  Pizza, salad and beverages will be served at Noon.  The meeting will start as soon as the pizza is served.  We will have a free will offering to help defray the costs of the pizza.  We hope to have day care available during the meeting.

Our council will be available to answer questions and be part of the discussion about our general operating budget for 2009. All members are encouraged to study the proposed budget that is available for review.

The council's goal was to give the congregation a clear picture of what it takes to run the      ministry, programs and pay for the staff of our congregation.

In the economic world that we live in now, the council is clear that the congregation needs to have time to review and discuss the needs and direction of our church as we go forward into a new operating budget for 2009.  This is a time for discussion and look at creative input in order to carry on the programs and needs of maintaining our church.  As we come together for discussion and vote, we hope that you will pray about the financial needs of our church and the reality of how we can work together to find solutions for building our ministry, take care of our current building and build towards the future of Shepherd of the Valley.

Together we can build a plan to find solutions and work as a family of Christ.  If you have any questions, concerns or input please come to the discussion between services on November 30 and to the congregational meeting on December 7. Your council members are always ready to hear your views and encourage everyone's participation in our budget.  Come be part of the excitement as we plan our financial future for 2009.

Together in Christ, all things are possible!

    Diane Lewis, SOV Council President

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